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India on Alert to Guard Against Terrorist Attacks on Independence Day

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India has gone on high alert following intelligence reports that militants are planning to carry out terrorist attacks leading up to the country's Independence Day celebrations on Monday. Thousands of extra security personnel have been deployed in New Delhi and in Indian Kashmir, including the region's summer capital of Srinagar. In New Delhi, snipers were positioned on buildings around the 17th century Red Fort complex, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will deliver an Independence Day address. In the past, the August 15th celebration has been marred by violence leading up to it. Late Friday, suspected Islamic militants raided a mountain village in Indian Kashmir and attacked two Hindu families, killing at least five people and wounding nine others. The dispute over Kashmir is at the core of a long-standing rivalry between India and Pakistan.
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